Susan V. Kraft, 55, formerly of Coatesville, a retired park ranger and museum curator for the National Park Service, died Tuesday, Aug. 16, of complications from a glioblastoma brain tumor at the Livingston HealthCare Hospital in Livingston, Mont.
Ms. Kraft was born in Philadelphia. As a child, she moved with her family to Florida, New Mexico, California, and Bogota, Colombia, then back to Pennsylvania.
She graduated from Coatesville Area High School in 1979 and earned a bachelor of arts degree in English from what is now Immaculata University in Malvern. She received a graduate certificate in museum studies at Tufts University in Boston while working for the National Park Service.
Her career spanned 15 years and included work as a park ranger at Independence National Historical Park in Philadelphia, Valley Forge National Historical Park, and at Salem Maritime National Historic Site in Salem, Mass.
She then entered a three-year training program to become a museum curator. The training took Ms. Kraft to Gateway National Recreation Area in Monmouth County, N.J., and Acadia National Park in Maine.
She moved to Yellowstone as the park's first full-performance museum curator, overseeing collection, curation, and preservation of cultural and natural history specimens and many documents.
At Yellowstone, she met Lindsay C. Robb. The two married July 4, 2001, while vacationing in Maine. They made their home in Pray, Mont.
A month later, Ms. Kraft was diagnosed with two forms of cancer, which she successfully fought. She retired in 2003, however, after learning she was genetically predisposed to cancer.
Over the years, "Aunt Susi," as she was called, spent many happy times in Lansdale visiting her sister, Jeanne Kraft Keiser, and nieces Grace and Katherine Keiser.Ms. Kraft worked in 1987 and 1988 as a suburban correspondent for the Inquirer, covering West Brandywine Township, Chester County, and filing feature stories about life in the suburbs.
She enjoyed spending time with her husband, horse, and dogs. She loved traveling, watching classic movies, listening to National Public Radio, following politics, and reading World War II history.
In addition to her husband and nieces, she is survived by her mother, Jean Kraft, and stepfather, Hank Gritz. Her sister died of cancer in 2010 at age 51.
Ms. Kraft chose cremation after a cornea donation through SightLife. No funeral is planned.